It’s (hair) tool time! From a DIY Brazilian blowout treatment to a volumizing hot-air brush, here’s what’s blowing me away (get it?)

woman drying hair

I can still remember when I bought my first flat iron. That was in the PBE (pre-beauty editor) era, and I would not be exaggerating to say that it changed my life. Upon the recommendation of my longtime hairdresser, it was a Chi—and I’m not sure why I’m referring to it in past tense because the thing is still going strong almost a decade later.

These days, however, the whole hair tools category is so much more advanced. Back in the day, just to have a ceramic flat iron was a big deal… but now, you can buy ionic, keratin-infused, tourmaline, temperature-controlled, ergonomically-crafted everything. In fact, over the past couple of months, an unusually high number of hair tools have crossed my beauty desk—and a few are so neat, I need to tell you about them. Today. Ready?

The DIY Brazilian Blowout

KeratinPerfect Deluxe Edition Its (hair) tool time! From a DIY Brazilian blowout treatment to a volumizing hot air brush, heres whats blowing me away (get it?)

KeratinPerfect 30-Day Brazilian Hair Smoothing System (at Sephora)

As a straight-haired, not-really-frizz-challenged person, I’ve been quietly ignoring all the talk of Brazilian blowouts and keratin straightening, since I don’t really have a dog in this fight. But this new at-home system caught my attention. It gives you 30 days of smoother, stronger, frizz-free hair using keratin and silk collagen proteins—so, you know, without the whole health-compromising formaldehyde thing. (As far as I can tell, it looks like it does the job using silicones—so I’d say it’s a safer bet, although less effective, obvi, than salon straightening treatments.)

The process takes just one hour. You prep with a clarifying shampoo before combing in the smoothing treatment, which you need to give 10 minutes to process. Then you blow-dry and go over your entire head of hair with the flat iron provided to seal in the keratin (apparently this is the most important step). It also comes with a shampoo, conditioner and “replenishing spray” for maintenance. Again, I haven’t tried it… although it does say it works on all hair types including colour-treated and chemically damaged hair… and the reviews over at Sephora are impressive. Just be aware that if your hair is fine or straight, the silicone content could make your hair more weighed down and less able to hold curl. Some peeps have reported dryness as well.

The Multi-Tasking Styling Iron

Rowenta Versa Style Its (hair) tool time! From a DIY Brazilian blowout treatment to a volumizing hot air brush, heres whats blowing me away (get it?)

Rowenta Versa Style Professional Straightening & Styling Iron (at salons)

This one is absolutely my new favourite hair tool—it’s definitely giving the aforementioned Chi some serious competition. That’s because I’ve been trying to achieve this look—

Rowenta Its (hair) tool time! From a DIY Brazilian blowout treatment to a volumizing hot air brush, heres whats blowing me away (get it?)

—for AGES now, and I’ve finally found a way to do it. (Yes, the smiley face was absolutely necessary here because this pic was otherwise Not Cute.) Anyway, this is officially my new thing: waves instead of Hollywood curls. So much more modern, dontcha think? The Rowenta makes it so easy. The secret is that the edges of the iron are curved, so you don’t get any kinks. For the waves, all you need to do is work your way down the hair shaft, starting a few inches from the top, and clamping it as you flip the hair backward and forward. (I’m probably not explaining it right, but there are instructions that come with.) You can also do all the other usual things: straightening, curls, etc. I’ve also used it to curl the ends under, Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface-style. But the wave technique is hands down the best.

The Volumizing Hot-Air Brush

John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Unit Its (hair) tool time! From a DIY Brazilian blowout treatment to a volumizing hot air brush, heres whats blowing me away (get it?)

John Frieda Salon Shape 1 ½” Volume Hot Air Unit (at Walmart)

John Frieda recently came out with a line of hair tools, and this one is definitely the most exciting. For anyone who has struggled with blow-drying their hair with a round brush, this is like the ultimate two-in-one. It’s basically an oversized round brush that emits air through the bristles. There are two different heat settings and one cool one. It’s absolutely fantastic for giving your locks a lift at the root—because unless you’re pulling the hair away from the scalp before it dries flat, no volumizing product’s gonna help you. I also love it for delivering a super-smooth finish, and you can also curl the ends under for a DIY blown-out look.

The No-Dents Curling Rod

Go by FHI Heat Curling Rod Its (hair) tool time! From a DIY Brazilian blowout treatment to a volumizing hot air brush, heres whats blowing me away (get it?)

Go by FHI Heat Ceramic Tourmaline Curling Rod (at salons)

One of my biggest pet peeves is when I try to curl my hair and give myself telltale dents from the clamp of the iron. You don’t get that problem with this tool, because it’s clamp-free! Simply wrap your hair around the rod and hold it in place. How do you do that without burning your hand off, you ask? Well, it also comes with this:

Go by FHI Heat Curling Glove Its (hair) tool time! From a DIY Brazilian blowout treatment to a volumizing hot air brush, heres whats blowing me away (get it?)Honestly, it’s super easy to use—MUCH easier than a regular curling iron which I will shamefully admit I’ve always had trouble with. I heats up really quickly and I got great, soft waves from it (although if you were less lazy than I am, you could definitely get tighter curls). I have to say that I like it better than the KQC Swirl that I reviewed here.

The Healthy-Hair Blowdryer

Joico K Pak Quadraion Blow Dryer Its (hair) tool time! From a DIY Brazilian blowout treatment to a volumizing hot air brush, heres whats blowing me away (get it?)

Joico K-Pak Quadraion Hair Dryer (at salons)

So we all know (I hope) that blow-drying isn’t the greatest thing for our hair. But we still do it, so here’s a new way to make it less damaging. Joico have come out with the first keratin hair dryer. Yep, it actually releases keratin molecules, along with negative ions, to help reduce frizz and damage while increasing shine. Even better: it also reduces drying time.

How exciting are all of these tools? VERY. Tell me:

Do you let your hair air-dry or are you a regular user of  heat stylers?
Have you tried any of these ones yet?
What’s your all-time favourite hair tool?


Wednesday, October 19/2011 at 1:16 pm

Definitely must get my hands on that curling rod!! I’ve always hated that stupid little kink you get at the ends of you’re hair using a regular curling iron. Any idea how much those babies go for?

Ps- it looks like a light saber.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, October 19/2011 at 8:46 pm

I know, right? I’ve watched so many curling iron tutorials and I STILL don’t know how they manage to do it without the kink. The FHI rod thingie is actually a pretty good price – $79.99. Let us know what you think if you get it!


Sunday, March 18/2012 at 6:49 pm

Do you own a curling iron? ‘Cause if you do, you can transform it into what’s called a curling wand. Thats my favorite beauty blog and it shows you how to make you own:


Wednesday, October 19/2011 at 9:42 pm

I bought a cheaper version of the curling wand from Conair at Shoppers, and it’s AWESOME. I’ve always been terrible at curling my hair with a regular curling iron. It comes with the glove, too. I forget how much it cost, but it couldn’t have been more than $40.


Thursday, October 20/2011 at 1:41 pm

thanks! i’ll have to check it out!


Wednesday, October 19/2011 at 6:54 pm

I don’t like to let my hair air dry. I don’t like how stringy it looks when I do. I am also growing my hair out from when my stylist got a little to layer happy. RRRR…so it looks bad if i don’t atleast round the edges with a round brush. The round brush tool looks pretty neat. I don’t know if i could master it though. I’ve gotten quite skillful at using curling iron and round brush..They all look exciting. Though I’m afraid some people will do the brazillian blowout and break off some hair or not get it all, causing a big mess.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, October 19/2011 at 8:49 pm

Argh – layering – I assume you’ve read my rant on that?

Ok so since you said you’re skilled with the curling iron please tell us – how do you avoid getting dents??

I’m still a bit nervous about the Brazilian one too – although I’d try it if I had curly hair.


Chelsea C
Wednesday, October 19/2011 at 9:47 pm

I have long and fine curly hair, which will frizz unless I add at least 3 curl control products to very damp hair (serum, small amount of spray gel then mousse for volume). Then it is imperative that I diffuse my hair and I am left with nice “S” shape curls. If I don’t diffuse and air dry, it’s hit and miss with getting perfect curls, and I definitely won’t get any volume. I have been struggling with my fine curly hair since having children 9 years ago. I used to have perfect s shape curls with only a wash and leave-in conditioner. Now I have to work it. I bought my first flat iron and have yet to master it. The brand is PYT. I can get my hair straight, but its not a quick job. Then I have all these fly-aways/frizzes. I am sure there are products I should be using either before or after to prevent this. Any suggestions….I am curious about the Joico Hair Dryer. Has anyone used it on curly hair?


Thursday, October 20/2011 at 10:08 am

I let it air-dry during the work week and heat-style it for the weekend. Air drying is nice enough for the office, but I style it with a GHD iron for clubbing on Saturday night :) I skip the iron to reduce the damage on my hair.


Thursday, October 20/2011 at 2:44 pm

Eeks I have to have the Rowenta Versa Style! I’m in the UK, do you know where I could buy it online? Have googled frantically with no luck. Thanks :)
I blow-dry every day – my hair would be a flat, stringy mess otherwise x


Tuesday, October 25/2011 at 2:31 pm

Just ordered the Rowenta Versa Style. This was an expensive lunch hour! I was trying to use my Chi straightener to make waves but was getting the kinks so this post was timely.

Now I’ve just got to get the hang of making waves. I hope it comes with instructions!


Sunday, January 1/2012 at 10:27 pm

Do you know where we can buy the rowenta iron?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 2/2012 at 3:09 pm

Hi! They have a store locator here:


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